You know when you come across something really inspiring and want to share it with as many people as possible… Well, here it is…
There is a guy out there in the Canberra community who has organised a music show to raise money and awareness for Suicide. He’s pretty amazing – and I think that it is a pretty awesome story.
David Briggs attended a course on Suicide Awareness and Intervention last year, then went home and wrote a song (the song is inspired from having attended the course, and is called “Life’s Worth Living”).
From that, he then decided that he wanted to raise money to raise suicide awareness in the community and has (of his own accord) put together this show on 30 April at Southern Cross Club.
He has also had a CD made of the artists that will be performing and all the money raised from the show and the CD sale will go directly to Lifeline Canberra, so the message can get out there about Suicide and what was can do for members for our people in community who may be having thoughts. Isn’t that sensational?
You can check it out on myspace and facebook – search for “Life’s Worth Living”.
While we’re on the topic of Suicide – this is the article that was on 7 pm Project on 17 March that you might be interested in seeing also. After the initial advertisement, the show starts with the Lifeline segment beginning at 6:39 minutes in.
Lifeline also held a media launch for the Community Service Announcement in Sydney last week where John Brogden and Patrick McGorry again spoke, along with John Tierney, Lifeline’s National Patron. This campaign challenges old beliefs about not talking about suicide and the speeches highlighted that:
• For too long, we have been silent about suicide and the reality of the problem in Australia.
• For too long, it’s been said that people don’t die from mental illness, when in fact we know that suicide is the tragic outcome when people with mental illness don’t receive the support they need.
• For too long, suicide in Australia has been under resourced and not prioritised, and it’s time this issue gets the attention, focus and investment it deserves.
• It’s a tragic fact that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44, especially when it can be prevented.
If you’re really keen, check out the Community Service Announcements via the following links: